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Academic Outreach

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Academic Outreach

Academic Outreach (AO) is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach at WKU. The mission of AO is to bring learning opportunities to students outside the traditional university classroom and/or calendar, and provide them with the tools they need to achieve their educational goals. AO is comprised of five areas dedicated to this mission: Dual Credit, Cohort Programs, WKU Online, Summer Sessions and Winter Term.

Dual Credit Cohort Programs Online Program Services Summer Sessions Winter Term

Dual Credit provides opportunities for high school students to earn college credit as part of their high school curriculum. Courses are offered in-person at partner-schools and online, and taught by credentialed faculty who meet all accreditation standards set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Cohort Programs works with academic departments to create quality college credit programs, regardless of institutional boundaries. These programs are designed for a specific number of students, a cohort, who will move through the coursework together. We partner with business and industry to develop customized courses, certificates, and degree programs that meet the needs of our partners. 

Online Program Services (WKU Online) works with academic departments to identify online degrees and pathways for completion with the aim of increasing access to education for adult learners in the state and region. We also provide direct student support for distance learners, and partner with offices across campus to ensure online students have access to the support needed.

Summer Sessions are available at all four campus locations (Bowling Green, Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox, Glasgow, and Owensboro), On Demand, Online and through Study Abroad, and Study Away. Summer classes allow students to speed up progress toward their degree or stay on track by catching up on courses dropped or missed. 

Winter Term provides students access to earning course credit in a 3-week session. There are nearly 300 classes available in a variety of formats, including on campus, online, Study Away, and Study Abroad. 


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 Last Modified 10/27/15